Accident or illnesses abroad
Spinal cord injury
About Chris Deacon
Chris is a Partner in the International Injury Team at Stewarts who has dedicated his legal career to being a specialist travel lawyer, throughout this time he has acted almost exclusively for the victims of accidents abroad and in disputes with tour operators, hotels, travel providers and insurers.
In addition to his work acting for the victims and families of those involved in accidents abroad, Chris has experience of dealing with general holiday disputes, international recoveries and policy disputes. He has a particular interest in consumer travel issues, claims under the Package Travel Regulations and international conventions.
Ranked in Chambers & Partners 2017, Chris is described as a "Talented lawyer", he continues to impress with his knowledge of foreign RTAs, often acting for injured claimants. Satisfied clients note: "His ability to put technical terms into a language a lay client can understand is invaluable. Also, he has always been very approachable."
Chris is recognised as a rising star in the field of travel litigation, described in Legal 500 2015 as "outstanding" and recognised in Chambers and Partners as an "Associate to Watch" who advises on all aspects of travel litigation, with a particular strength for French claims and who earns considerable praise among market commentators for being "really careful about what he does and going over things with a fine-tooth comb." (Chambers & Partners 2016)
Chris is praised in the Legal 500 2014 for his "good judgement and calm approach."
Recent case highlights include:-
Thomas v (1) Baker and (2) Insurance Commission of Western Australia (2015) where he helped secure damages of £6.25m for the Claimant who sustained spinal cord injuries in a road traffic accident in Australia. The settlement is thought to be the highest reported award for a paraplegic claimant in both England & Wales and Western Australia and included damages for the Ekso-skeleton robotic walking suit.
Fisher v Fenix-Directo (2015) in which Chris represented the Claimant who sustained a serious leg injury resulting in amputation when he was run down by a drunk-driver while on holiday in Majorca, Spain.
Johnson v Groupama Centre-Manche (2014) where he acted for a retired GP who sustained serious orthopaedic injuries and multiple trauma in a motorcycling accident in France, securing a six-figure sum in damages assessed pursuant to French law.
Chris has previously represented clients who have sustained catastrophic injuries in quad-biking and other outdoor adventure and leisure pursuits while abroad. Other work highlights include securing a six-figure sum for a Jersey resident following a road traffic accident in Portugal and acting in a claim against the UK tour operator and travel agent following a serious road traffic accident during an excursion in Mexico. He is currently acting for various claimants who have sustained catastrophic injuries as a result of a range of accidents abroad.